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    • Preamble to the Constitution of the IBEW

      The Objects of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers are: To organize all workers in the entire electrical industry in the United States and Canada, including all those in public utilities and electrical manufacturing, into local unions; To promote reasonable methods of work; To cultivate feelings of friendship among those of our industry; To settle all disputes between employers and employ­ees by arbitration (if possible); To assist each other in sickness or distress; To secure employment; To reduce the hours of daily labor; To secure adequate pay for our work; To seek a higher and higher standard of living; To seek security for the individual, and by legal and proper means to elevate the moral, intellectual and social conditions of our members, their families and dependents, in the interest of a high­er standard of citizenship.

      CONCORD, NH — It’s always a great day when wishes come true.Union Electrician Fulfills Young Boy's Wish

      Recently, The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 490 in Concord, did just that, according to a press statement.

      Ali Redman, of Goffstown, is an energetic 11-year-old boy suffering from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Diagnosed in June 2015, Redman went to the emergency room complaining of a migraine and shortly after being admitted and receiving an MRI they transferred him to another hospital for more treatment.

      Ali’s mother, Ann Redman, began working with Make-A-Wish to bring some extra cheer into Ali’s life.

      “His wish was a room makeover," she said. "He got his room painted, a wall mural, a 55-inch TV, PlayStation and games, new furniture and a ceiling fan."

      The ceiling fan was installed by IBEW Local 490 member Jeff Hall, free of charge.

      “It’s a great feeling to give back to someone in need," said Hall. "I am proud to be part of an organization that so often thinks of others during a difficult time in their lives."

      Currently, Ali is in the maintenance phase of his cancer battle. He will require monthly chemotherapy and daily oral chemotherapy for two and a half more years. Ali will turn 12 years old on March 30.

      “We are dedicated to helping every member of our brotherhood, whether it be our members, their families, or, like the Redman’s, a family in our community requiring assistance, support, and love,” added IBEW Local 490 Business Manager, Denis R Beaudoin Sr.

      IBEW Local 490 in Conjunction with Vubiz, an IBEW Training Partner are proud to Announce the Availability of 191 Prepaid Online Training Courses for You our Members and your Friends and Families


      We are proud to announce that we have prepaid for courses covering subjects from Improving Your Listening Skills to Time Management to Back Safety to Microsoft Office 2010. The courses will be available to you and your friends and families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Be sure to take advantage of as many courses as possible, we are certain that you and all of your friends and family members will find a number of courses that will address both your needs and interests.


      To start your learning experiences go to: http://vubiz.com/chaccess/IBEW3/


      Every time that you sign on, you will need to enter:


      The IBEW Password which is:  IBEW

      Your Membership Card Number: That is the number on your IBEW Membership Card for example 123456 or 123456AA or AB123456. If you cannot remember your Membership Number, use any unique identifier such as your e-mail address or your home Zip Code, this field must be a minimum of four characters long.

      The First time that you sign on, you will need to enter a little extra information so that we can set you up.


      Membership Card Number (confirmation): This is to confirm the information that you keyed above.

      Local Number: This is a way to identify what local you are part of.

      First Name: So that we can identify you properly in the system when you return.

      Last Name: So that we can identify you properly in the system when you return.


      Once you are logged in, click on My Content and then launch the course that you would like to view.

      We hope that you enjoy the training and make the most of it. The value of the prepaid courses if bought individually would cost over $3,000.00. We are proud to be able to make this opportunity available to you, our members and your friends and families.

      On Wednesday, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Union 490 endorsed Sanders, with local executive Denis Beaudoin saying that members at meetings spoke overwhelmingly in favor of the endorsement due to the candidate’s progressive views on labor. According to a statement released by the Senator’s campaign, Beaudoin says the close to 500 electrical workers that make up the union “know they have a champion” with Sanders in the race.

      Also earlier in the week, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 560, which represents 500 custodial, maintenance, and dining service workers mostly at Dartmouth College, endorsed Sanders. Local president Earl Sweet says, “Sen. Sanders has always stood up for workers and the middle class, here in New Hampshire and across the country, which is why we’re proud to give him our enthusiastic endorsement.”

      The Sanders campaign has expanded its physical footprint in New Hampshire over the course of the past few months, opening numerous field offices in the state for a growing staff. The two endorsements should provide Sanders with further support and organizing for a Democratic Party race that remains deadlocked in local polls.

      Julia Barnes, current head of the Sanders campaign in New Hampshire says, "Coming right on the heels of an endorsement from IBEW 490, today’s announcement shows this campaign is gathering momentum every day, and well on its way to building the critical mass of support we’ll need in February.”

      Nationally, Sanders most recent major union endorsement came last week when the National Union of Healthcare Workers announced their decision before the Democratic Party’s October 13 debate.

      "As a democratic, member-led union, I am grateful for the support of the National Union of Healthcare Workers," Sanders said in a statement reacting to the NUHW endorsement. "With their support and the support of hundreds of thousands of union members across the country, we are building a political revolution that will transform American politics."

      SEIU’s international union is widely expected to endorse Hillary Clinton in the near future. But within the union, a fierce battle has taken place between Clinton and Sanders supporters, with hundreds of union members and leaders signing onto a “Labor for Bernie” open letter and calling for their union not to make an early endorsement of Clinton.  

      Mario Vasquez is a writer from Santa Barbara, California. You can reach him at mario.vasquez.espinoza@gmail.c


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